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Welcome to fifth grade

5th Grade

Dear Parents,

I’m excited to begin another school year here at St. Joseph.  I hope your child was able to relax a bit and enjoy his/her summer.  It should be a fun year and I look forward to learning with your child. 

Our school has chosen JOY as our theme for this year.  Although very simple, it can provide us with a great way to live our lives.  The J stands for Jesus.  Knowing that you chose a Catholic school for your child demonstrates the importance of Jesus in your life.  As we know, he must always come first.  The O stands for others.  Pope Francis has continually taught us that we are called to help and serve others.  We must live out stewardship in our lives.  Finally, the Y stands for you.  While important to take care of ourselves, we must first think of Jesus and others. 


Here is a little information about myself.  I am married and have 5 children.  My wife’s name is Rita and my children are Nora, Carolyn, Jack, Lucy, and Elise.  I grew up in western Kansas, but have lived in Wichita for nearly 15 years.  I graduated with a business management degree from Kansas State University and spent 8 years as Garden Center Manager for a local nursery.  I then went back to school to pursue teaching.  I taught 2 years at St. Thomas Aquinas school before coming here to St. Joseph a few years ago. 

 I would like to share with you some information about 5th grade. 

Homework – Students should expect work on most days.  This will include reading AR books each night and any combination of studying spelling words, practicing math facts, completing unfinished schoolwork, etc.  Please assist your child in maintaining or starting the good habit of reading daily.  Homework assignments are to be completed in cursive.  All assigned work should be recorded in the agenda at school and is expected to be turned in the next day.  Incomplete work will be noted in your child’s agenda book.  I ask that you look at your child’s agenda each day to see what we are learning and initial it.

Class Rules – The students and I will be working together to create rules that provide the optimal environment for learning to take place.  The overriding theme will include showing respect for one’s self, school property, and one another.  Students in grades 5-8 each have a behavior card.  I will ask your child to share with you how the card works.

Grading – Grades will be entered into Powerschool on a weekly basis.  They will be entered by the start of each week and I encourage you to check Powerschool regularly.

I look forward to working with your child this year.  It will be a wonderful year here at St. Joseph Catholic School.  Please feel free to e-mail me with any questions or concerns that you may have – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .    

Kelby Schawe